Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

via WIRED

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It’s hired top-notch security engineers, pushed over-the-internet software updates, and added code integrity checks. But one team of academic hackers has now found that Tesla left its Model S cars open to a far more straightforward form of hacking: stealthily cloning the car’s key fob in seconds, opening the car door, and driving away. More…

Weak encryption in Tesla Model S key fobs allowed all-too-easy theft, but you can set a PIN code on your Tesla to protect it.

Shippers setting sail via Internet of (Floating) Things

Vessel-owning shippers are increasingly harnessing the data produced by their vessels, though the industry lags behind alternative modes of shipping.

Source: Shippers setting sail via Internet of (Floating) Things

Arduino Day and Genuino Day

During the celebration of Arduino Day in Berkeley, Massimo Banzi announced several important news items to the Maker community. Starting today the new MKR1000 is in their stores and available for purchase. Arduino has also opened two web platforms, one focused on project sharing and the other on a new approach to IoT. Massimo Banzi, together with Tom Igoe and David Mellis, made some announcements during the presentation at the official Arduino Day event in Berkeley (USA):

• Arduino MKR1000 and Genuino MKR1000 are now available in stores at the price of 34,99$/30,99€ (+VAT). MKR1000 is a powerful board which combines the functionality of the Zero and the WiFi Shield. It has been conceived […]

Source: Arduino Day and Genuino Day: Massimo Banzi | Open Electronics

Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit

Hooray for Curb, the Austin-based startup focused on NOT just another home automation device.

Whereas Nest, et. al., aspire to be house overlords controlling everything from HVAC to fridge to security, Curb stays above the standards race by just targeting the circuit breaker in your house.

Startup Curb wants to help you find the energy hog in your home — whether that be your spouse or a space heater. The home automation company has developed a hardware system that attaches to a home circuit breaker to monitor energy consumption.

Using a Freescale i.Mx28 processor, might we do a little hacking to see how they do it? At the very least, CEO Erik Norwood tells us that API sharing is part of their model:

There’s a few companies out there trying to do everything themselves, which conceptually might make sense. What we’re going to find is the most effective solutions are from companies that are focused on doing one thing extremely well, then opening up their system through an API and working with other companies in a very direct and valuable manner.

Source: Startup Taps Into Home Energy Circuit | EE Times

Modular electronics player running it a “littleBit” too close?

LittleBits just can’t get a break.
 

Another player in the magnetically modular make-it-child-makeable electronics building kit launches on Kickstarter. Although more compelling in its open sourcey-ness than littleBits, Microduino’s mCookie design — from the magnetic joints to the color scheming  —  shouts lawsuit from the littleBits IP attorneys. Hard to say if they’ll survive into a version 2 release even though I want one for my toddler.
 

Geez, guys, couldn’t you be a little less blatant in that color palette?
 

The microduino mCookie modular electronics kit.

If there’s one trend that is continuing to evolve throughout the Maker Movement, it’s modularity. DIYers are constantly seeking expedited and efficient ways to piece together their projects, all while bringing their ideas to life without the hassles of soldering and wiring messes.
 

from Open Electronics

Amazon Echo – Developer preview

Now previewing with developers, Amazon’s new IOT device for voice-controlling common tasks and apps from weather, music, news, search, and even dimming the lights looks intriguing, slick, and powerful.

Before they take them down, be sure to grab the cut-away pictures of Echo to make your own open-source knock-offs. 😉

Source: Amazon Echo – Official site – Request an invitation